(Image Source: Opposing Views)

BY BLAKE HANSON

On the same day the NFL laid down its punishment for the New Orleans Saints’ “bounty” program — a tweet started a whole new controversy around the so-called “bounty-gate.” Former player and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp said he knows who “snitched” on the program that allegedly paid players for injuring opponents. NFL Network writes...

“One of the wildest days of news in NFL history was missing one thing: Two former Miami Hurricanes battling on Twitter. NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp and free-agent tight end Jeremy Shockey went at it after Sapp said Shockey was the informant who notified the NFL about the New Orleans Saint "bounty" program.”

It all started when Sapp tweeted saying “Just Heard Who The Snitch Was”. When a follower guessed Shockey, Sapp replied “BINGO”. In which Shockey tweeted “My ass!! I don’t even play defense! Haha”. Spurring a Twitter kerfuffle between the players. Shockey is a former Saints Player. ESPN analyst Skip Bayless says regardless of whether Sapp knows the snitch, it’s going to impact Shockey’s career....

“It’s possible that whether it’s true or not, that’s what’s left of Jeremy Shockey’s career is ruined. Because that snitch word in locker rooms and front offices? That doesn’t fly man.”

As for Sapp? The New York Post thinks there could be a legal fallout for the former player....

“Federal labor law protects employees against retribution as result of complaining about unsafe work environments. The fact that Sapp might have outed a whistle-blower could pose a problem for the analyst and the league, according to Los Angeles-based employment lawyer Arthur Whang …”

A writer for Opposing Views says Sapp shouldn’t be taken so seriously, saying he probably doesn’t have any evidence to back up his accusation.

“It would be really irresponsible if a real member of the media did this, but given the fact that Sapp is a Shaquille O’Neal-ish sideshow entertainer, nobody really takes his statements all that seriously anyway.”

Still, Yahoo Sports writer Jason Cole says if the NFL does not take action against Sapp, it could scare players away from whistle blowing about wrongdoing.

“ … Sapp’s report could have a huge chilling effect on the league’s ability to investigate any team. Without protection, particularly from the league itself, there may be no way to get people to come forward with information about violations.”

Shockey has adamantly denied he was the snitch. There’s still no word on whether there will be any punishment for Sapp.
 

Sapp Calls Shockey 'Snitch' in Bounty-Gate Scandal

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Mar 22, 2012

Sapp Calls Shockey 'Snitch' in Bounty-Gate Scandal

(Image Source: Opposing Views)

BY BLAKE HANSON

On the same day the NFL laid down its punishment for the New Orleans Saints’ “bounty” program — a tweet started a whole new controversy around the so-called “bounty-gate.” Former player and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp said he knows who “snitched” on the program that allegedly paid players for injuring opponents. NFL Network writes...

“One of the wildest days of news in NFL history was missing one thing: Two former Miami Hurricanes battling on Twitter. NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp and free-agent tight end Jeremy Shockey went at it after Sapp said Shockey was the informant who notified the NFL about the New Orleans Saint "bounty" program.”

It all started when Sapp tweeted saying “Just Heard Who The Snitch Was”. When a follower guessed Shockey, Sapp replied “BINGO”. In which Shockey tweeted “My ass!! I don’t even play defense! Haha”. Spurring a Twitter kerfuffle between the players. Shockey is a former Saints Player. ESPN analyst Skip Bayless says regardless of whether Sapp knows the snitch, it’s going to impact Shockey’s career....

“It’s possible that whether it’s true or not, that’s what’s left of Jeremy Shockey’s career is ruined. Because that snitch word in locker rooms and front offices? That doesn’t fly man.”

As for Sapp? The New York Post thinks there could be a legal fallout for the former player....

“Federal labor law protects employees against retribution as result of complaining about unsafe work environments. The fact that Sapp might have outed a whistle-blower could pose a problem for the analyst and the league, according to Los Angeles-based employment lawyer Arthur Whang …”

A writer for Opposing Views says Sapp shouldn’t be taken so seriously, saying he probably doesn’t have any evidence to back up his accusation.

“It would be really irresponsible if a real member of the media did this, but given the fact that Sapp is a Shaquille O’Neal-ish sideshow entertainer, nobody really takes his statements all that seriously anyway.”

Still, Yahoo Sports writer Jason Cole says if the NFL does not take action against Sapp, it could scare players away from whistle blowing about wrongdoing.

“ … Sapp’s report could have a huge chilling effect on the league’s ability to investigate any team. Without protection, particularly from the league itself, there may be no way to get people to come forward with information about violations.”

Shockey has adamantly denied he was the snitch. There’s still no word on whether there will be any punishment for Sapp.
 

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